Encouraging active citizenship and intercultural understanding
The project should encourage intercultural understanding and active citizenship of young people. Fundamental democratic values and human rights are conveyed while radicalisation and violence are actively prevented. The project enables young participants to get active themselves and use various communication channels for sharing their ideas of a just society with as many people as possible. The planned measures and activities aim to put a spotlight on youth work and show its contributions during the refugee crisis, the prevention of violent extremism and the imparting of democratic values. The main target group of the project consists of young people aged 16 to 30 years. It was ensured that young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers were included.
Young realise their ideas
In so- called “Idea Labs” young participants developed ideas related to different sensitising activities and measures, calling attention to the situation of young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Europe, as well as spreading the values of freedom, democracy, active citizenship, tolerance and anti-discrimination. In doing so, the young people got to know the main features of campaign work, critical thinking and critical media interaction. The best ideas received financial support in order to implement the sensitizing activities on a local, regional and national level. Eventually, in a central “European Ideas Lab” in Slovenia a Europe-wide campaign was creates, focussing on the topics of human rights and diversity.
Young people build awareness through campaigns
All over Europe, over 20 activities took place to arouse interest for the topics of “Aware and Active”, reaching over 2000 people. In December 2018, six events in all of the participating countries were set up by the young people, drawing the attention of close to a million people to the campaign via social media channels due to a “Twitter storm” and various Facebook videos. In a last step, specific results of the campaign are compiled.
Involved youngsters and partners share project results with the youth sector
After three years of diverse activities, the results, challenges and insights of the project “Aware and Active” should be imparted. The main activities consisted of local, national and European “Idea Labs”, supporting young people in generating attention for inclusion and other topics important to them through their own campaigns. As an inclusive project, “Aware and Active” not only aims to communicate one's own results, but to learn from others and to jointly create something new for the youth sector.
Young people in Europe
promoting actionistic potentials of European youngsters
promoting intercultural dialogue and appreciation of a diverse society in Europe
advancement of critical thinking and media competence of young people, youth workers and teaching personnel
faciliation of the access to the Erasmus+ programme and social inclusion through the participation of young refugees, migrants and asylum seekers